The technologist’s career path at GDS
More generally, the civil service is adopting the Digital, Data and Technology Profession Capability Framework, which outlines the various roles and responsibilities of technologists working in government. That framework covers a wider range of digital skills beyond just software engineering, and the structure of this website will change to match that.
Competencies are specific skills, behaviours, and knowledge that help you perform your role.
The list below elaborates on the kinds of competencies mentioned in the career path. The page on each one should define what we expect at junior, mid and senior level.
These competencies do not generally distinguish between developers, web operations engineers and site reliability engineers - this may change.
- Building software as a team
- Knowing when to ask for help
- Planning and estimating
- Prioritising your time
- Working independently
- Working as a multi-disciplinary team
- Owning your development plan
- Version control
- Using a sytematic approach to solve problems
- Technical debt tradeoffs
- Diagnosing and debugging issues
- Using appropriate testing to ensure software quality
- Designing technical features
- Designing and testing for accessibility
- Building secure services
- Assessing performance
- Designing for reliability
- Selecting technology
Leading and communicating
- Leading on stories
- Wider context
- Writing and speaking
- Sharing knowledge with others
- Awareness of wider community
- Comunicating assumptions and getting clarification up front to minimise rework
- Pair programming
Adding a competency to this page
## [Writing a competency statement] [A short summary of the skills, behaviours and/or knowledge you are writing about at the top, if not obvious from the title.] ### Your role as [developer/webops] Why is this competency important? How does it relate to your role and responsibilities? ### Junior level [What it looks like at junior level.] ### Mid level [What it looks like at mid level.] ### Senior level [What it looks like at senior level.] ### Related guides [optional] [Links to guides on topics related to this competency] ### External resources [optional] [Links to External resources]